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Nigeria: Govt, Well being Employees Disagree On New Hazard Allowance

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The federal authorities and staff within the well being sector yesterday failed to succeed in a consensus on the plan for an upward assessment of the N5,000 month-to-month hazard allowance for docs and different well being staff

At a gathering of the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Hazard Allowance for the well being sector that held yesterday in Abuja, each authorities representatives and unions within the well being sector, nonetheless, agreed that the N5,000 hazard allowance was out of date and ought to be reviewed upwards.

However the assembly couldn’t attain any consensus on the share enhance within the hazard allowance for docs and different well being staff.

THISDAY gathered from a supply on the closed-door assembly that the varied skilled our bodies and unions within the well being sector proposed completely different percentages.

Though the federal authorities didn’t point out any particular determine, the assembly agreed to arrange a committee to harmonise the varied proposals made by the unions.

The supply stated the committee, comprising representatives of presidency and the well being staff would report again to the assembly to be reconvened in three weeks’ time.

“Totally different percentages had been submitted by completely different well being staff’ union and associations and this could be reviewed in three weeks’ time,” the supply stated.

He added that the docs had been proposing a 50 per cent enhance within the hazard allowance.

Talking on the opening of the assembly, which lasted for over six hours, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, defined that the assembly was convened in furtherance of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in April 2020 between the federal authorities and the well being staff within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He stated following the grievance acquired from the well being staff, the Financial Sustainability Committee (ESC), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, initiated a transfer to assessment the hazard allowance at present pegged at N5,000 per thirty days.

In accordance with Ngige, a stakeholders’ assembly was convened shortly after the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, throughout which an MoU was signed on tips on how to deal with points regarding the welfare and compensation for docs and different well being staff within the frontline of efforts to arrest the unfold of the virus.

He stated there was delay within the implementation of the MoU as a result of disruptions brought on by the pandemic.